Apple’s Siri-powered smart speaker, HomePod, is now available in Canada, France and Germany. Apple had first launched the HomePod earlier this year in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.￼
In Canada, the HomePod costs $449 Canadian Dollar, while in France and Germany it costs €349. In all the three markets, the smart speaker will be available in white and space gray colors.
Ahead of release, Apple had updated the HomePod to add support for French, German, and Canadian English. The smart speaker is now also capable of reading out news in these three languages along with calendar appointments and reminders.
Apple has also updated the HomePod to add support for multi-room audio and Stereo support with the iOS 11.4 update.
HomePod has received rave reviews for its sound quality, though its smart speaker aspect leaves a lot to be desired.
While Apple has improved the HomePod since its launch, the speaker is still far behind the likes of Google Home and Amazon’s Echo series of speakers.
However, if you want the absolute best sound quality, the HomePod is the speaker to buy. The speaker’s sound quality has been compared to that of $999 Hi-Fi speaker which speaks volumes about its quality.
Siri on the HomePod can natively play songs from Apple Music, with support for third-party media apps being pretty poor. Thankfully, Apple is fixing this to a certain extent with iOS 12.